I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.”
Luke 1: 38
(I didn’t plan on using this verse because it is our world’s time to celebrate Jesus’ birth. Just a happy accident!)
Mary was probably around 13 or 14 years old when the angel delivered the news that she would give birth to God’s son. And she was engaged to a man named Joseph. Now, she most likely understood right away that carrying a child before being married could carry serious penalties, let alone if she disclosed the whole seemingly crazy story. Scorn, exclusion, even stoning.
But Mary’s first reaction was to confirm she was God’s servant and to proclaim that she obediently accepted whatever was to come. They don’t make 14 year-old’s like that anymore. Heck, they don’t make 40 year-old’s like that anymore!
Really, though, shouldn’t this easily be our attitude concerning whatever circumstances arise each day? None of us are being asked to carry the burden Mary was. Yet her heart was totally surrendered to the will of the Father.
There is another who showed that same heart of obedience.
Jesus really resembles his mom in this verse, doesn’t He?
I am constantly reminded of these verses when a crisis pops up, which it does most days!
Flat tires and traffic jams…” May it be to me as You have said.”
Marital conflict and stress with our children…” May it be to me as You have said.”
Chronic sickness or even death…” May it be to me as You have said.”
Now, I’m not saying we should raise the white flag and give up striving to correct the things that go wrong all around us all day long. I AM saying we should take a closer look at the first part of Mary’s statement of obedience. “ I am the Lord’s servant.” To me, that means that whatever happens, it is my goal to please Him above all else. And if He designed for my day or month or year to look a certain way, then firstly I have to accept it, and then find ways to please Him in spite of my situation.
The first time I ever shared this verse with anyone, I was pregnant for the second time. This verse had really convicted me, for some reason. Then, less than one month later, I had a miscarriage. The level of sadness and disappointment I felt was..well, there aren’t really words. I thought again about this verse. I started to repeat it to myself over and over for days. And I remember the day I said it to Him, instead. It was only then that I began to heal and to seek to please God in light of what He allowed in my life.
You see, our victories in the most minor of problems starts first with the attitude of our hearts.
I SO want to have the heart that cries, “ May it be to me as You have said.”